Bio

The RPS Band is composed of professional musicians dedicated to creating great grooves. We play R&B, funk, soul, jazz, rock, and latin music and approach it all with care and artistry.

We play a repertoire of songs that can range from the fifties through today, and we add our own arrangements and ideas – and we also mix in some of our original music as well.

We’ll take RPS to clubs, parties, concerts, and any events with people looking to have a great time with live music.

Some info about the band:

Alvin Terry’s music is rooted in Funk, R&B, Jazz and Gospel. He has played and recorded with Archie Shepp and received drumming tips and concepts from Max Roach. Alvin has also performed with Ricky Ford, Marian Brown,Claude Williams, Dakota Staton, and Valerie Pomaroff. He is a member of the music ministry at Grant AME church in Boston, Massachusetts and books music for a variety of clients as the owner of FlamTap Enterprises. Alvin plays percussion for numerous occasions as well as several annual events. These include The Three Kings Production in Boston, Mass. at The Berklee Performance Center featuring trumpet player John Faddis; and All That Jazz, a yearly concert on Martha’s Vineyard which features vocalists Armstead Christian and Shawn Montiero. He was featured on Eric In The Evening recently and one of his original works, Faith In One, recieved special recognition.

Patrick Mottaz, a Swiss-born resident of Newton, is an excellent guitarist for any style of music you can think of. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee’s Music Performance Program, and teaches professionally as well as being an active performer.  His influences include Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Sylvain Luc, Wayne Shorter, and Bill Evans.

Since 1994, Willie Sordillo has focused his energies on the New England music scene. In addition to leading his own groups, Willie has been a featured performer with the Latin jazz ensemble La Luna Quintet, with the bossa nova group Sambossa, with vocalist/pianist Geoffrey Dana Hicks and with the Mystic Chorale, the Marlene Jazz Ensemble, the Mood Elevators, the Blue Suede Boppers, Chops Turner, The Manny Santos Quintet, James Brown impersonator “JC”, and Enfusion, among others.  Since September of 2005, Willie has been musical director of a weekly jazz worship service at Old South Church on Copley Square, Boston. He served for two years as muscial leader for OpenSpirit, a creative worship service in Framingham, MA and requently brings Jazz Worship to churches in New England. Willie has been a featured in-studio guest on Worcester’s WICN and WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening”. His most recent CD as a leader, echoing, features some of the Boston area’s finest jazz musicians.

Doug Rich is from the Midwest, and he spent time there playing with local jazz legends like Ray Felder and Woody Evans, and Gospel artists including Charles Fold and Donald Lawrence. Since moving to Boston and graduating from Berklee College of Music Doug has been playing all over New England in numerous genres and with many musicians, but is most excited about what RPS is building right now.

 

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